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inquire into

To investigate; to look into or ask questions about. The HR department has been inquiring into complaints of unfair firing practices. We've inquired into what could be causing the server malfunction. We will keep you posted when we have more information.
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inquire about (someone or something)

To ask or try to learn more about someone or something. Mother, if Gerald inquires about you, what should I tell him? I'm inquiring about that bill right now.
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inquire after (someone)

To ask how someone is doing, especially regarding their health. Mother, if Gerald inquires after you, what should I tell him?
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inquire about someone or something

to ask about someone or something. I inquired about Tom and was told that he doesn't live here anymore. You will have to inquire about that at the front desk.
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inquire after someone

to ask about the well-being of someone. Jerry inquired after you when I saw him at the store today. I will inquire after his wife the next time I see him.
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inquire for someone

to ask to see someone. Mr. Franklin, there is a man out here inquiring for you. What shall I tell him? Who is inquiring for me?
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inquire into something

to look into something; to investigate something by asking questions. I will inquire into your complaint. It sounds as if something is wrong. We have not inquired into it yet.
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inquire something of someone

to ask some information of someone. I need to inquire something of you. May I inquire something personal of you?
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inquire within

to ask questions of a person inside [some place, such as a store or office]. (Formula. On a sign posted outside.) "Help wanted. Inquire within," read the sign on the door. If you want to apply, you must inquire within.
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inquire after

Ask about the health or condition of someone or something. For example, She was inquiring after you in particular. [c. 1600]
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inquire about

v.
To seek information about something or someone: I went to the store and inquired about available jobs.
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inquire after

v.
To ask about the health or condition of someone: My neighbor cordially inquired after my mother, who was in the hospital.
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Uncle Richard turned around inquiringly and someone called to him "Ruben.
Despite my doctor's orders to cut down, I looked up at Rodrigo inquiringly, as I very much wanted to prolong our session.
That was the very question we asked ourselves in February when we (the coauthors of this article) looked inquiringly at an ITV sociology course (Law and Society) for juniors and seniors to be taught in three-hour blocks during spring quarter.
Like anybody else of similar experience, I try to appear (to strangers) to be an old housekeeper; consequently, I said in an offhand way that I had been intending for some time to have six or eight lightning rods put up, but - The stranger started, and looked inquiringly at me, but I was serene.
When opening the door the experimenter looked out inquiringly and then stepped out for about one minute.
No authority is there to question their justification", said a group of commuters inquiringly.
For an aborigine, and one so young, he doesn't need much company, spends his time at rest looking inquiringly at the leaves waving above him or at the line of horizon dancing in the heat.
Some of the men--the cohort on the deck is largely male--peer inquiringly into the camera lens, thus immediately establishing that they are "real" people, as opposed to actors trained to ignore the camera.
Explaining the significance of what he is aiming to do, he says: "For me, it is important that art helps us look inquiringly at the world around us.
Some ask sincerely, some sarcastically; some inquiringly and some accusingly.
A blue nurse looked inquiringly at Nurse as I made my escape but Nurse shook her head and benignly followed me herself.
The daughter-in-law moved behind the tea table and placed her hand inquiringly on the bright copper teakettle.